Ever growing art
WebCanvas claims to be the largest digital canvas on the web. As part of the free art project, people from all over the world paint together and at the same time on an almost infinite surface. Use the tools to draw pictures or upload your own work as part of the set. The rudimentary paint tools are vector-based. You use drawing brushes, line and shape tools (square or circle) to create your own works, similar to Paint. Additionally, you can observe other users painting if you look at the same area. Artwork ranges from anime characters to apocalyptic pixel landscapes to Putin caricatures.
As you apply the paint tools, you’re constantly altering other people’s work, much like a fully spray-painted graffiti wall. For better orientation, use the “Location” option to display specific areas (e.g. “last painting”). The site is still in beta: the painting tools only appear when zoomed in with the green magnifying glass icon. Some canvas areas load slowly. If WebCanvas is too stuttering for you, create your artwork outside of the browser, such as with Paint or Photoshop. Then upload your work as a JPEG file to WebCanvas and immortalize yourself on the collaborative artwork.
Networks of American power elites
Little sister aims to make transparent the machinations between American politicians, corporations, lobbyists and financiers. These are questions such as: who does Donald Trump give his money to and who funded his election campaign? Who connects the US State Department to management consultants (McKinsey) and investment bankers (JP Morgan)?
The answers to this can be found quickly on the web. However, hardly any site provides such clear and linked data as LittleSis. According to the operators, all the information also comes from reliable sources such as government documents and press articles. If the profiles of people (Rex Tillerson) or companies (Exxon Mobile) are not enough for you, you will find the option “Maps” under “Explore”. Here, flowcharts clearly depict the relationships between companies, politicians and lobbyists: “Industry-Backed Climate Experts” illustrates, for example, how oil companies such as BP and Exxon influence “climate experts”. The map shows that these companies are supporting educational institutions (Stanford University) and research programs (MIT Energy Initiative) with multi-million donations.
If you want to know who was behind Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign, click on “Explore” and the “Lists” tab. There, search for “Stop theft”. Now, LittleSis features CVs for all 13 speakers (like Lara Trump), which list occupation (TV producer), education (University of North Carolina), and place of residence (New York). LittleSis is a free, open-source project of the Public Accountability Initiative, a nonprofit research organization focused on corporate and government accountability.
Collection of long form reads
Think back to the last article online that changed your view of the world in 15 minutes. The offers you 150 such articles with attractive comic book covers Scroll library, a free collection of long reads. The articles cover topics such as learning strategies, financial investments, Internet companies or the development of start-ups. Two Indian women run the WordPress site. Both work professionally in the banking and start-up sectors. They link to articles from news organizations (“Mother Jones”), print magazines (“n+1”) and other blogs.
There is no search mask on the site. For a better overview of the article, click on “All read” to see the complete text archive. If you want help making a decision, click on “Top 100 picks”. In the “Internet & Start-ups” section, you will find articles on the “Growth limits of Internet platforms”. Under the heading “Love & Life”, an article describes the loneliness of internet users when it comes to online dating. The article “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” provides a detailed insight into the work and thinking of the late company founder.
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